Rates & Dates: Le Meridien in Miami sets opening specials


The Le Meridien Sunny Isles Beach, Miami is offering grand opening specials through Sept. 30.

For overnight stays, rates at the 210-room hotel are priced from $299 per night, double. In addition, when four or more nights are booked, one night is free, based on availability.

Le Meridien Sunny Isles Beach, Miami

Phone: (800) 543-4300


GDSs: All systems, code MD

Meanwhile, Miami Beachs Bentley Beach Hotel, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World is rewarding agents this summer with increased commission.

The property pays 15% commission on reservations, priced from $205 per night, through Sept. 30. The 109-suite hotel is located on Ocean Drive.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Phone: (800) 525-4800


GDSs: All systems using code LX

Formula One racing fans with a yearning for travel to China can book the F1 Grand Prix package at the Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai, valid Oct. 14 to 17.

The plan, priced from $650 per night, double, based on a three-night minimum stay, covers accommodations in a deluxe room and roundtrip limousine transfers between the airport and hotel.

Also covered is daily American buffet breakfast in the Tea Garden, a Day at the Races box lunch, a Formula One-inspired welcome gift crafted by executive pastry chef Gerald Maridet and limousine transfers between the hotel and the race site on the day of the Grand Prix of China race, Oct. 16.

Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai

Phone: (011) 86-21 6279-8070


E-mail:[email protected]

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History buffs can journey back 142 years to trace the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincolns Gettysburg Address with Antrim 1844s overnight Gettysburg Experience package.

Offered through Oct. 15, the plan includes a trip to the battlefield (about 15 miles from the hotel, which is located in Taneytown, Md.), tickets to the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum and a copy of Newt Gingrichs book, Gettysburg.

The plan is priced from $175 per person, double, for overnight accommodations, afternoon tea and hors doeuvres, dinner and breakfast. A second night is available for $79 per person, room-only. Suite and cottage accommodations are available for $25 more.

Antrim 1844

Phone: (800) 858-1844


When the pigskin is in the air, the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate offers the Football Widows Revenge weekend package, valid for a two-night stay between Sept. 9 and Feb. 5.

The plan covers accommodations; use of a private poolside cabana for the day; a choice of Shop till you drop spa treatments; Sweet Revenge Chocolate Martinis and the Zen Experience, a sampling of the Pan- Asian menu at Zen; breakfast in bed; and strawberries and champagne upon arrival.

The package is priced from $250 per person, per night, for a two-night stay.

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

Phone: (800) THE-OMNI or (407) 390-6664


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Keswick Hall at Monticello, an Orient-Express Hotels property in Keswick, Va., is putting clients in the middle of brilliant fall colors with its Leaf Peeping rates, valid Oct. 1 through Nov. 30.

Nightly rates start at $245 per room and are offered Sundays through Thursdays and include afternoon tea daily.

As an added bonus, the hotels chef, John Brand, can prepare the Hilltopping Hamper, a pre-ordered lunch or dinner for two to four guests with top wines from local vineyards to compliment dishes chosen by the guests and delivered, by butler, to a nearby hilltop. The price is per person, based on guest choices.

Keswick Hall at Monticello

Phone: (800) 274-5391


GDSs: All systems

Easy Rider Tours is offering bicycle riders the chance to tour the Berkshire Hills during peak foliage season with its Autumn in the Berkshires bike tour.

Clients spend two nights each in Lenox and West Stockbridge and one night in Lee while biking between 25 and 50 miles each day in the surrounding Massachusetts countryside.

Stops include the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Hancock Shaker Village and Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts at 3,400 feet.

The five-night tour departs on Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9. The cost is $1,750 per person, double, and covers accommodations; most meals; admission fees; services of two guides and a support vehicle; and roundtrip transfers from Bostons Logan Airport. Twenty-four-speed bicycles can be rented for $115.

Easy Rider Tours

Phone: (800) 488-8332


E-mail:[email protected]

When clients book select Rocky Mountaineer Vacations this fall, the operator is passing along up to 30% savings.

The plans are for departures from Oct. 1 to 10 and are built around a two-day journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train that travels between Vancouver and either Jasper, Banff or Calgary, Alberta, and takes in western Canadas fall foliage.

Packages that include the journey are the seven-night Lodges of the Canadian Rockies plan, priced from $2,799 per person, double; the eight-night Canadian Rockies Gold package, priced from $4,039 per person; and the five-night Canadian Rockies Highlights plan, priced from $1,129 per person.

Rocky Mountaineer Vacations

Phone: (800) 665-7245


Ciclismo Classico is combining language lessons and cycling in a seven-night tour to the Piedmont region of Italy with Pedal and Parla Italiano.

The plan, based out of the four-star Grand Hotel Nuove Terme, is scheduled for Oct. 15 to 22 and will offer guests biking trips to the villages of Cassine, Monteferrato and Valle Bormida.

In addition, a day trip to Turin, the host city of the 2006 Winter Olympics, is included.

The trip, priced from $3,695 per person, double, includes accommodations; daily breakfast; two picnic lunches; most dinners and snacks and drinks while biking; detailed biking-route instructions and maps; wine and food tastings; the services of two guides; and van support.

Ciclismo Classico

Phone: (800) 866-7314


The 10th annual Bermuda Music Festival will be held on the island from Oct. 5 to 8 with performances by Al Green, Patti LaBelle and Regina Carter. Sunburst Vacations and US Airways Vacations each are offering air/hotel plans to get clients to the show and can arrange for tickets as well.

Sunbursts three-night plans are priced from $775 to $1,139 per person, double, depending on hotel selected, and cover accommodations and roundtrip air from Boston.

Meanwhile, US Airways Vacations is offering air/hotel plans ranging from two to eight nights departing from Baltimore; Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Fort Lauderdale; New York (LaGuardia); Albany, N.Y.; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; and Washington. Rates start at $849 and must be booked by Sept. 16 for travel Oct. 1 to 8.

Sunburst Vacations

Phone: (800) SUNBURST


US Airways Vacations

Phone: (800) 455-0123


GDSs: All systems

South Star Tours is offering clients a chance to visit Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval with a four-night, self-guided trip or a seven-night guided tour, both departing Feb. 22.

The self-guided trip offers a choice of four hotels, ranging from three to five stars. The six-night plan covers accommodations, some meals, an opportunity to participate in a samba school in full costume, visits to nightclubs in Ipanema and side trips to Tijuca Forest and Corcovado.

The four-night excursion is priced from $1,499 per person, double, depending on hotel accommodations, while the guided tour starts at $3,199 per person, double. Both trips include roundtrip air from Miami.

Agent commission is 11%.

South Star Tours

Phone: (800) 654-4468 or (310) 937-1001


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